ERIC Number: ED348754
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Homework: How Effective? How Much To Assign? The Need for Clear Policies.
Thomas, Anne Hill
OSSC Bulletin, v36 n1 Sep 1992
The relevance of homework in today's schools is explored in this bulletin. Following the introduction, chapter 1 examines the effect of homework on academic achievement and concludes that there is a lack of agreement on the benefits of homework and on the amount of time students should spend on it. Chapter 2 describes homework practices in some Oregon schools. In a survey of eight elementary, middle, and high school teachers in several districts, all expressed the belief that homework assignments help student achievement. Innovations in homework assistance implemented by two districts--Duvall County Public Schools in Jacksonville, Florida, and in Mineola, New York--are described in the third chapter. Chapter 4 offers recommendations for establishing an effective policy and for defining the roles of the school board, administrators, teachers, parents, and students. A conclusion is that although controversy continues about the impact of homework on academic achievement, the belief in its effectiveness will remain a trend in educational thinking. A successful policy requires coordination, community awareness, and commitment. Sample homework policies and guidelines are contained in the appendix. (Contains 23 references.) (LMI)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Assignments, Elementary Secondary Education, Home Study, Homework, Policy Formation, State Standards, Time on Task
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Oregon School Study Council, Eugene.